Education workers’ union takes step toward legal strike position


TORONTO — A union representing Ontario education workers has taken an initial step toward a legal strike position.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees says it has requested what is known as a “no-board report,” which starts a countdown toward a potential strike.

CUPE, which represents 55,000 workers such as custodians, clerical staff and educational assistants, says they will be in a legal strike position the week of Sept. 23.

In the meantime, there are more bargaining dates scheduled for Sept. 17 and 18.

Contracts for Ontario’s public school teachers and education workers expired Aug. 31, and the major unions are in various but mostly early stages of bargaining.

CUPE members are also in the midst of voting on a strike mandate, with results expected when the process wraps up in two weeks.

The union has previously said its central bargaining priorities are wages, benefits, job security and sick leave.


Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly reported the next bargaining dates.


  1. Do people really think that Educational Staff (custodians, clerical staff and educational assistants) want to go on strike? You think they can really afford to go on strike? Do you think that they want to leave the children they support unsupported? NO – but when you are constantly being taken advantage of, getting paid next to nothing to support students who hit, bite, scratch, kick, punch, etc. especially now with the larger class sizes, and not to mention usually going above and beyond your job role on a daily basis maybe it is time to look at the contract a little closer. For the people commenting that they are being selfish and its all about the money I would love to see you work in the role of an EA for a week and come back and comment. Its ridiculously how quick society is to judge when they have never experienced the job or position before. Everyone should be supportive of one another especially when we all come from the same city.

    • Lilian Emily Celia Jacqualine first of off. No they do not. Second. When was the last actual strike? Turn on the way back machine to find that. Also if the government actually negotiated in good faith this would not be happening

    • Lilian Emily Celia Jacqualine fire them? That’s a viable solution. How about hire more and pay them a living wage. They’re keeping kids safe and I fear that with more cuts, that won’t be the case anymore

  2. EA’s are valuable. There is not enough of them. Teachers cannot support the children with IEP’s as it is. They put autistic children in classrooms with indirect service and teach using universal design. These children fall through the cracks. No EA support in classrooms. EA’s should be paid as much as a teacher as they work just as hard. ⭐️

  3. Abolish the education system. It’s outdated anyways, everything we need is at our finger tips at the blink of an eye! Specialized training can be done on the computer!

  4. Mo Money, Mo money. Do it, get it over, again………..Cool………..As an outsider, can anyone tell me the benefit of a strike for the children? Teacher Unions in MHO are the problem with “education/indoctination”.

    • Charles Bergman I can tell you that there aren’t enough supports for kids with learning disabilities let alone all of the behaviours in schools. They used to segregate kids with needs into special schools. I love integration, when there are proper supports in place and students can be safe and more importantly, learn. These assistants also spend days chasing kids and putting out fires instead of being able to work with kids at developing coping and problem solving skills. This is how it will benefit kids. Kids will get the help they need and other kids won’t feel unsafe at school. I hope you actually think about this and don’t just dismiss what I’ve written. I’m speaking from experience.

  5. Educational workers often work with special needs children. They work very hard for their wages and don’t often get the recognition for that. They also help make a teacher’s job easier when they are there to help on a daily basis.

    • Shawn Cadamuro shame on the employer who used them as a political tool. Note how you are attacking the employees who make crap for wages, and are physically abused in their jobs and have to go on EI during the of time. And you don’t care that the people making $100k+ a year are taking a 5 month paid break

    • Whatever ..big bucks… 4 months off vacation yet wznt wish i got paid to work 8 months year paid 4 months vaca yet cry..bull carrer is WAY MORE TREACHEROUS and sacrificial thN a desk and looking after 30 kids….
      Suck it up buttercups..

      • Wow, you sound like one of those really tough hard core 1 percenter E Bikers. Education. Too bad your facts are not correct.

    • Why is this a joke Brent,Educational workers such as E.A;s work with the most challenging children in the system, on a daily basis and are paid Peanuts for what they do!!!! Less than 30,000 a year!!!!!

      • Why would anyone choose to become an EA if you know it’s a low paying job? Hard to believe that a school board places the ‘ most challenging students’ with those who have the least education. Can’t feel much sympathy for people who look for an easy way into the teaching profession with low qualifications.

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